New Delhi, Dec 14: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the 36 Rafale fighter jets deal.
“We are satisfied that there is no occasion to doubt the process. A country can’t afford to be underprepared. Not correct for the Court to sit as an appellant authority and scrutinise all aspects”, the apex court stated”.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it ” ‘there is no reason for interference in the choice of offset partner and perception of individuals can’t be the basis for roving inquiry in sensitive issue of defence procurement”.
“we can’t compel the government to purchase 126 aircraft and its not proper for the court to examine each aspect of this case. It isn’t a job of court to compare pricing details”, it added.
The central government had defended the deal while admitting that there was “no sovereign guarantee from France, but there is a letter of comfort…”
The petitions seeking the probe were filed by Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, advocates M.L.Sharma and Vineet Dhanda, and AAP lawmaker in Parliament Sanjay Singh.
Reacting to the verdict, Bhushan one of the petitioners said: “In our opinion, the Supreme Court judgement is totally wrong, the campaign will certainly not drop and we will decide if we will file a review petition”.
Meanwhile, TMC leader Saugata Roy told media that “the Supreme Court said what it thinks was right but the political parties demand a JPC probe into”.